This Week’s #MythMonday Was:
I don’t have a social security number, so I can’t file my taxes
I Can Still File Taxes?
Of course you can! In fact, if you’re working and making enough, we encourage you to! Why? Because you are obligated by law, and you have the opportunity to prove your contribution. In the future, if you have a petition or application pending, having proof of filing your taxes could benefit you.
How Does This Work?
The IRS has created something called the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which is a tax processing number issued by the IRS for those ineligible for social security numbers.
It should be noted that the ITIN is for tax filing purposes only. It is NOT a social security number (and should never be used as such) and does not give you immigration status or work authorization.
To obtain an ITIN, please see a trusted accountant/tax preparer to assist you in the application process. You can also find more information about ITINs on the IRS website here: IRS
Keep in mind, when applying for your ITIN, you will need to send the IRS original documents proving foreign status and identity. This means that you will likely need to submit with your application your current passport. So, if you are working with an immigration attorney, or thinking of working with one on your case, make copies of your documents for yourself. You may not have them for a while.
We Can Help You!
At Lacroix Ramos, we ALWAYS tell the client the whole truth about their options for obtaining legal status. We will not take money from a client that we know does not have a viable and genuine option for getting legal status. Even if that means we lose the sale and don’t get your money. If you need to know what options are available, call us at (914) 719-7570 and schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with an attorney. You can also complete an intake form here, and we will call you to arrange a consultation. If we believe you have options, we will invite you to a full consultation where we can explain everything to you and your loved ones. If you do not have any viable options, we will tell you that also.